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Albert Ernest COWLING

Regimental number2465
Place of birthCollingwood Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBoulder, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Cowling, Kamballia, Western Australia
Enlistment date24 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on 18 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Is brought under notice in respect of a report received from the O/C 4th Australian Divisional Pack Transport Troop in the following terms: "I wish to bring to your notice the gallant conduct of the undermentioned man and recommend that he be awarded a Military Medal in an immediate Award List. This man, in a pack mule convoy which came under shell fire, showed great courage and coolness. He collected animals which had broken loose and were in danger of running in the line of fire of our own 18 pounder guns, during a counter attack on the evening of the 26th September, 1917. He had his clothes torn to pieces by an animal colliding with him, but continued on with his work and made four trips forward with water carrying mules on that night."'
Source: Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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